Nano‐fractals from inorganic salts induced by fullerene polymer systems
Source: International Journal of Nanotechnology, Volume 4, Number 4, 2007 , pp. 377-388(12)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:This study investigates the formation of nano‐fractals of inorganic salts induced by polymethacrylic acid‐b‐C60 (PMAA‐b‐C60) and polyacrylic acid‐b‐C60 (PAA‐b‐C60) under various physical conditions. The polymers were synthesised by atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) and fractals were produced when the solutions with inorganic salts were dried under isothermal conditions. Fractals formed were examined under a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and their fractal dimensions estimated. This study suggests the possibility of manipulating fractal properties in different physical conditions, which may have applications in the electronics industry. In addition, some of these fractals resemble natural biological fractals, implying that this synthetic system may be a good model for understanding the formation of natural occurring fractals.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798, Singapore. 2: School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798, Singapore
Publication date: June 1, 2007